August 2012

Our Newest Members...

Lexie McMillen
Patch of Heaven Lodging
Join Date: 06/01/2012

lisa giroux
reiki with lisa
Join Date: 06/12/2012

Bob Casey
Lake County Tourism Panel
Join Date: 06/15/2012

Amanda Jensen
Pitbull Marketing & Productions
Join Date: 07/19/2012

Tony Cowfer
Silver Dollar Saloon
Join Date: 07/21/2012

Social Demographics: Who’s Using Today’s Biggest Networks

by Alissa Skelton

More than 66% of adults are connected to one or more social media platforms, but who exactly are these people?

The infographic below, created by Online MBA, breaks down the demographics, including education level, income, age and gender of social media users, along with other miscellaneous facts.

Some sites’ users are more demographically alike than others. One thing is the same for most social sites — college students, or those who have completed some college, represent the majority on social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Digg and Reddit. Among Facebook users, 57% have completed some college, and 24% have earned a bachelor’s or master’s degree. Although, people 45 and older make up 46% of Facebook users.


National Summit of Mining Communities Sponsorships Available!!

2012 National Summit of Mining Communities returns to Leadville!
The 6th Annual National Summit of Mining Communities is scheduled for
October 1 - 4, 2012 in Leadville, Colorado.

"Communities Talking to Communities"
Exploring, sharing and gaining creative and innovative solutions to
common issues facing mining communities during the Boom or Bust cycle.
"Too Tough to Die!"

The National Summit of Mining Communities was created in 2006 in recognition that many mining communities experience the economic pitfalls associated with the boom and bust cycles of mining. The Summit will focus on sharing experiences in order to help communities avert or reduce the severe economic cycles associated with changes in company presence. Ultimately, the Summit will benefit communities around the country by showing them how to adjust their priorities to increase the probability of higher paying jobs, tax revenue, private sector investment, and most importantly, economic sustainability. The Summit began as a grassroots gathering of people from mining towns with the emphasis on “communities talking to communities.” The discussions are not only about current issues and challenges, but also about past success stories that arose from adversity. The synergy of sharing achievements and solutions to these common issues that face every mining community will make all our communities stronger and will help mining communities turn challenges into opportunities, and adversity into success stories.


Thank You!!!!

We appreciate your support and membership with the Leadville/Lake County Chamber of Commerce.

We are grateful for all of the volunteer efforts Greg Labbe has arranged and organized on behalf of the Chamber!

Because of his efforts and communication we have enjoyed the volunteer hours put in by:

Bud Elliott, National Summit of Mining Communities

Gene Finkenbinder, Alps Motel

Bob Hartzell, National Mining Hall of Fame & Museum

Amanda Jenson, Pitbull Marketing & Productions

Greg Labbe, Centennial Real Estate

Keith Moffett, Peoples National Bank

Cheryl Wells, Lake County School District

Bernadette (provided by John Wells), Wells Financial Services

Melvin, Retired


Five top strategies to prepare for health care reform

Employers should be thinking about these By Jane Jensen

Health care reform legislation has been mentioned frequently in the presidential race yet little has been said to help employers who are determining right now how they’ll comply with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (the PPACA), increasingly referred to as the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
With major implications scheduled to begin taking effect in 2014, companies will need to explain to employees by next March new health care benefit options that take into consideration the State Insurance Exchanges.  So while mindful of the potential game-changing impact of a Supreme Court challenge in late June and, of course, the presidential election in the fall, employers know that either way, they don’t have the luxury of waiting to see what happens. For one thing, many significant reform measures affecting employer-provided benefits have already been implemented by employers, insurance companies and Medicare.


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Leadville's Melanzana thriving with locally made clothing

By Jason Blevins The Denver Post

LEADVILLE — It has been 18 years since Fritz Howard rolled into this scrappy silver-mining town with a sewing machine and a vision of simple and durable outdoor clothing.

Today, he's a textile magnate in the country's highest-elevation incorporated city. His Melanzana headquarters employs 10 full-time workers who move seamlessly across the downtown shop's 10 industrial sewing machines. And the made-in-Leadville brand — built with Polartec, the same Massachusetts-based Malden Mills fleece found in monster brands such as Patagonia and REI — has a loyal following that spills well beyond the Upper Arkansas River Valley.

"It's been one small step at a time, but here I am," says the lanky Howard, trimmed head-to-knee in his fleece as he directs his team of cutters and sewers. "This is our empire. We rule the fashion district of Leadville."


Taste of Leadville

We are hosting, in conjunction with the National Summit of Mining Communities, the Taste of Leadville on Monday October 1st, 2012. If you are a local eatery or caterer and are interested in showcasing your offerings please contact Heather at 719-486-3900 for participation details.

The Taste Of Leadville participants will receive $300.00 (Chamber Members) to participate, will have marketing opportunities available, and could win the Taste of Leadville award!


Top Reasons to Be a Member

Top Reasons to Belong to THE Leadville/Lake County of Commerce!

Joining the Chamber of Commerce is a sound business decision. Through the many opportunities and programs we offer, you will discover multiple avenues to help your business succeed.

Networking Opportunities:  This is one of the most important benefits of membership.  Networking and new business contacts help your business grow.  Our very successful monthly Business After Hours provides occasions for networking.

Credibility:    69% of consumers believe that chamber membership is a sign of a reputable, stable business.   70% believe that it demonstrates that you use good business practices.  Being a member of THE CHAMBER gives your business credibility. 

Visibility:  Members are provided with a window cling to display at their place of business proudly showing chamber membership.  Members can also show THE CHAMBER logo on their advertising, marketing and PR materials.

Publicity & Exposure:  Chamber members receive real exposure through our website – Businesss Directory, hyperlink and banner ads.  The monthly newsletter and our Weekly Annoucement e-blast are additional ways to gain publicity for your business and events.   Member businesses can also gain publicity and exposure through a free ribbon cutting ceremony coordinated by our Executive Director.

Signature Events Sponsorship:  You can highlight your business by sponsoring signature events that are open to the entire community:   July 4th Parade,  Annual Meeting & Party, Business After Hours Spirit Sponsorships, Fall Recruitment Party, Business Over Breakfast, and various seminars and workshops provide excellent exposure for your name and logo.

Public Affairs:  Get pro-active by joining one of  THE CHAMBER’S special committees and programs:   government advocacy, annual meeting and party committee, and special events.

Business Referral Services: We get hundreds of on-line searches and calls each year from individuals checking to see if a business is a chamber member or asking that we refer a business to fill their needs.  We refer only chamber members.

Resource Center:  Experts from SCORE as well as the SBDC at Western State work closely with chamber members providing help to achieve your business goals.  Additionally, we have a learn at lunch program with experts speaking on a variety of business-related topics.

Get Involved:  Membership in The Chamber is an investment in your business future.  Experience the rewards of volunteering your time and talent to help make the community where you live and work a better place.   As a chamber member you will help sustain and improve the quality of life that you, your family and your employees enjoy.




Volunteers Needed

We are looking for volunteers to cover the Visitor Center for the following dates:

Wedsnesday August 8th, 2012

Friday August 31st, 2012

Saturday September 1st, 2012

Tuesday September 4th, 2012


We appreciate whomever would be available.

Please contact Heather at 486-3900 to sign up.

Chamber E-Newsletter - August 2012

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